Knife-wielding man fatally shot by LAPD officers in Historic South-Central area: Officials

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Officials investigate the scene of a shooting involving Los Angeles Police Department officers in Los Angeles' Historic South-Central neighborhood on April 22, 2020. (KTLA)

Officials investigate the scene of a shooting involving Los Angeles Police Department officers in Los Angeles’ Historic South-Central neighborhood on April 22, 2020. (KTLA)

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Police shot and killed a man who they say brandished a knife at them when they arrived at the scene of a multivehicle car crash in Los Angeles’ Historic South-Central neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The shooting took place about 5:30 p.m. near 29th Street and Central Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers from LAPD’s Newton Division first responded to a report of a crash involving several vehicles at 32nd and San Pedro streets, LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said.

“When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered a male Hispanic suspect who was standing on the street, armed with an edged weapon,” the lieutenant said. “At that point, an officer-involved shooting occurred. That suspect was struck by gunfire, fell to the ground and was pronounced deceased.”

Officials found the weapon, described as some sort of folding knife with a blade several inches long, next to the suspect, Ramirez said.

It was not clear Wednesday evening whether the suspect had been involved in the initial car crash, Ramirez said.

A man and woman who were taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the collision, he said.

“Detectives will be working on this case throughout the night,” Ramirez said.

No further details were available.

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